Escondido Wrongful Death Attorneys
A death in the family in any circumstances is difficult, but when you lose someone close to you suddenly and unexpectedly in an accident that never should have happened, an accident caused by another’s negligence, your anguish may be overwhelming.
If your loved one died due to the, reckless, negligent, or deliberate behavior of someone else, surviving family members are entitled to file a wrongful death action to recover damages. Certainly money is small comfort when you’ve lost someone you love, but for many, the act of holding the party who caused the death to account and forcing that person or entity to face up to the devastation their wrongdoing has caused can be an important part of the healing process. It can also relieve the financial burden a sudden death often visits upon the bereaved family when the deceased was a primary provider.
Definition of “Wrongful Death”
A wrongful death is a legal action in civil court to prove a party liable for an injury that resulted in another’s death because of a negligent action or failure to act which could foreseeably cause a death. A wrongful death is often an accidental death caused by an automobile accident, a work-related accident, or medical malpractice; it can also be the result of an act of violence.
The Right Lawyer for a Southern California Wrongful Death Case
The complexities of proving a wrongful death case require the knowledge, skill, and expertise an experienced wrongful death attorney brings to the table. Attempting to negotiate a wrongful death settlement directly with an insurance company without the assistance of the right attorney can spell doom for your family’s case. A thorough understanding of California’s Wrongful Death Statute is absolutely essential in dealing with an insurance company whose goal is to pay out the absolute minimum amount possible.
At the Liljegren Law Group in Escondido, we regularly assist families who have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of another’s wrongdoing. We understand what you are going through and are available to step in and relieve you of the burden that survivors often face in the aftermath of a wrongful death. We will take all necessary steps to preserve your legal right to a recovery, allowing you and your family to focus on emotional healing and picking up the pieces of your life without your deceased family member.
Proving a Wrongful Death Case
You lawyer’s investigation will aim to discover evidence to prove that your loved one’s death was actually caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or deliberate act. The insurance company representing that person will usually attempt to blame the victim and attribute the death to the victim’s own erroneous act; we know how to prove otherwise.
Once you have proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the other party caused the death, , you must next demonstrate through your attorney that you suffered quantifiable damages due to your loved one’s wrongful death.
Wrongful Death Damages
Eligible surviving family members can collect the following types of damages once they establish that their loved one’s death was due to a wrongful act:
- Medical bills and funeral expenses
- Income that the deceased would have contributed
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of guidance and companionship
- Punitive damages meant to punish the person who caused the wrongful death and deter the behavior in the future
When your family is suffering from the wrongful death of a loved one, let the skilled and compassionate wrongful death lawyers of the Liljegren Law Group in Escondido guide you through the claims process and pursue an award for your family’s damages to help you through this difficult time. California law places time limits on filing suit, so protect your family’s rights by calling today.